Counselling When Family Matters

Family trouble?    Partner, marriage or relationship woes?    Serious life situation causing you angst?   …   I may be the therapist to help you.

Welcome. I’m Peta – a family therapist, based in Wickham Terrace, Brisbane with over 25 years of experience providing therapy and counselling services.

I aim to provide a confidential service in which my clients feel compassionately understood, with a focus on how to move forward using practical ideas, interpretation and strategies to make life more satisfying and meaningful.

Expertise

My expertise lies in understanding and assisting people with relationship difficulties.  As a family therapist, I am particularly interested in helping people change those aspects of their relationships which are repeatedly problematic.  The impact of difficulties on key relationships is a central theme.

Experience

I have been in private practice focusing on family therapy and counselling services for more than 25 years.  In conjunction with my clinical practice I have 10 years of teaching family therapy with the Queensland Family Therapy Training Group, and 8 years teaching the Masters level counselling course at the University of Queensland.  Since 2000 I have been teaching family therapy to child psychiatrist registrars at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Approach

I utilize a ‘systems approach’ in my work, which means that I have a focus on the relational aspects of human problems and am interested in understanding the specific contexts in which difficulties occur.  In this way, targeted interventions can be considered.

I offer an integrated approach which incorporates useful elements from other modalities as diverse as psychodynamics and brief therapy formats.  I am always pleased to discuss my influences, so please don’t hesitate to ask me about them if you are interested.

First session

Some people are familiar with talking about themselves and their personal circumstances, others not so.  You may be a little anxious about your first session, which is completely understandable.

One of my favourite comments from clients is that their session was just like a good conversation with interesting questions.

In family sessions, family members will not be pressured to contribute.

 

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